Baker’s AD Yetmar receives national administrator award
Baker University Athletic Director Theresa Yetmar is only seven months into her role as athletic director, but has known the workings of the Baker athletic department for much longer.
Yetmar was a member of the women’s basketball team while attending Baker and then served as the assistant athletic director from 2003 to 2009 and associate athletic director from 2009 to 2010.
Yetmar is now receiving recognition for her success at Baker by being named a 2011 Administrator of the Year Award winner by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators.
“It’s very humbling to be in the category of an administrator of the year,” Yetmar said. “I think the great thing about the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators is that it’s a very strong, dynamic group of female administrators that work at all levels and work in different positions.”
Yetmar and seven other women from across the county and from the categories of NCAA Division I FBS, FCS and Division I; NCAA Division II; NCAA Division III; NAIA/NJCAA/Community College; and Association or Organization were named recipients of the award.
Former Baker Athletic Director Dan Harris, who Yetmar worked under as an assistant athletic director, said Yetmar was very deserving of the award and he knew she was destined to be an athletic director that made a difference.
“It really is a man’s world that she stepped into, and she has done such an outstanding job of getting respect, not only for herself, but for Baker University,” Harris said. “This just doesn’t surprise me. I knew that this is the kind of thing Theresa was destined to do and do it well.”
The award winners will be recognized at the Administrator of the Year Dinner on Oct. 11 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh. Baker University President Pat Long will present Yetmar with the award at the banquet.
“I think it’s always really nice to have some validation from your peers knowing that the work you’re doing out there feels important to others,” Yetmar said. “But I think at the end of the day, I’m really focused on making Baker University the best place that we can for our student-athletes and our coaches and our alumni — something they can really be proud of.”
Although Yetmar has been busy this summer preparing Baker’s teams for the fall seasons, Harris said it was important to take a couple of minutes and reflect on an award such as this. Harris noted university athletic directors must deal with everything happening in the department, good or bad, and this was a reward for everything that an athletic director has accomplished.
“That’s the acknowledgement that they’re making that you have done an outstanding job, and we know that and we want to recognize you for it,” Harris said. “You just need to sit back, she needs to sit back, and not work for a couple hours and just let it soak in because it’s a feel-good moment.”
Yetmar is still looking into the future, heading into her first fall season as the Baker Athletic Director and is happy she could receive this award while at Baker.
“I hope that it will continue to lend credibility to our athletic department and what we’re doing,” Yetmar said. “You know, certainly I’m succeeding a hall of fame director of athletics and hopefully this gives confidence to our student-athletes and our coaches and our alumni that we’re in the right hands and things are going well and we’re headed in the right direction.”
The hall of famer Yetmar is succeeding is Harris, who does not look at Yetmar as a former assistant athletic director, but rather a close friend of his and his family.
“We’ve just gotten so close with her,” Harris said. “That’s why it’s so special when it’s something like this, because it’s like it’s your own family member getting an award, so it’s pretty cool.”